24 hour update from all #sydswedu 2014 teams … and a sweet surprise from the organizers ;)

Time flies when you are having fun.

It’s been 24 hours since 9 teams started on their journey to go from just and idea to startup. This is the toughest part of the weekend when most teams are stressed out the most.

Too many ideas to pursue, too many features to code, too much advice from mentors. Don’t let any of this get in your way. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. Just like in real life you will receive a lot of advice … you just need to trust your instinct and go with what you think is right. Remember you will be judged on what you deliver.


Here’s where they are now.

NAO ACADEMY – Platform bringing students & businesses together to learn, develop & network. Pivoted a number of types and had lots of new ideas. planning to now make an aggregator of courses. Working on wireframes and need UI help.

PENNY DROPPED – Financial education for  high school students. Pivoted twice but are back to the original idea. Sent out 2 surveys and got 40 responses.

OLGA INC – Role play based tutoring for English as a second language.Pivoted multiple times but back to the original idea. Will have functional product by tomorrow.

EDUMALEducation for animals. No animal left behind 😉 Pivoted to Education for dog lovers. Interviewed dog owners and dog trainers. Identified dog training as a disruptive market and working on it.

MIRACLE TRAIN – social learning via MOOCs for differently abled. Pivoted twice .. now doing the original idea again. working on prototype.

GENERATION ENTREPRENEUR – Entrpreneurship education for the next generation of high school students. narrowing down their scope. validated the idea with students now working with parents and teachers.website done. focusing on the pitch.

GRO-CHART – obesity awareness and education for school kids to fight the obesity epidemic Pivoted to motivating parents for having conversation with their kids about healthy lifestyle.

NAVI – Empowering not-for-profits internally with skills improvement. Having problems with customer validation as non-profits are closed on the weekend. website almost done.

FORKED EDUCATION – forkable course content. Have been seriously thinking of changing the name because of response from others. Having problems explaining their idea. Still charging ahead.


And for all the hard work that the participants have been putting through we had a sweet little surprise for them tonight…..






About Atul Pandey

Atul has always been passionate about Edutech and founded the Sydney Educational Technology community in Feb 2012 while looking for like minded people interested in EduTech. Atul is the founder of www.wisekangaroo.com, a provider of digital English language learning products, that empowers non-native English speakers around the world on their customized path to English fluency as per their specific learning needs.